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Having consulted our energy sector colleagues, our response is the following: The commenter is quite right in indicating that developing access to electricity should be a priority in Madagascar. There is clear potential for increasing access to electricity in Madagascar by expanding the interconnected network. Also, in some rural localities, electrification through minigrids with mini or micro hydro is a viable option. However, electricity is not an economic solution for cooking at present, even for households with access to the grid (and the lifeline tariff, limited to 20 KWh per month, is designed to discourage economically inefficient use of electricity for cooking and other heating usages). In this context, the activities targeting cookstoves are complementary to electricity grid extension, in an obvious manner for rural households out of reach of the grid, but also for urban households. Cookstove programs can provide immediate benefits without paying the higher cost of electricity or waiting for costs to fall as the grid eventually is extended. The country also faces tremendous obstacles to achieve universal access to electricity, even if this were a preferred solution for providing cooking energy. A majority of households are poor and located in rural areas with low density of population, making grid extension costly. The reach of the grid remains limited today (barely above 15% of households connected). Even in the best case scenario, assuming that Madagascar manages to mobilize enough financial resources to aggressively expand the grid and generation capacity, a majority of households will remain out of reach for the electricity networks for several decades.